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|Location||Punjab (Pakistan) and Punjab (India) (Malwa)|
Tej Ram Sharma mentions about a personified deity named Mahi (मही), which means 'earth', in Gupta inscriptions.
In the 8th generation of the Mirhas there lived a king called Mahit. His descendants were called Mahi, Mahe. In about the first century AD, Darunpur, some where near Sujangarh, was the capital of Mahe Kings. According to the census of 1911 their number was about 7000. The Mahe dynasty has been mentioned in the Mahabharata. In the "Prithviraj Basa" and in the Alha Udal stories there are references to the Mahal Kings. The Mahiwal Jats are found in large number in the Western Punjab, but they are spread all over Northern India.
Distribution in Punjab
In Firozpur district the Mahi population is 1,740. The Mehria gotra is found in Rajasthan.
Distribution in Pakistan
According to 1911 census the Mahi were the principal Muslim Jat clan in :
- Multan District – Mahi (498)